Is tea your favorite cup of daily beverage? Then this article is your cup of tea. India has the largest number of consumers of tea and this hot beverage has a meaning beyond just a drink for this country. The daily life here revolves around its aroma and it is gaining grounds as a recreational drink all across the land. The country is the largest producer of tea and majorly 70% is consumed within the country itself. Let’s take a walk around India to the sprawling tea plantations which are no more an agricultural piece of land but an emerging tourist attraction.
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1. Darjeeling – The Queen of Hills
This territory rolls over the mountains of Mt. Kanchenjunga and is bounded with harmony of nature. The land is primarily famous for its Darjeeling tea which is revered all across the globe. This tea comes in various colors like green, black, white etc. The Tea Board of India has given 78 estates in Darjeeling the right to label their produce as Darjeeling tea. Each estate produces tea in different aroma and taste. March- November is the best time to visit these plantations as it is the time to pluck the mature leaves. This time also gives you an opportunity to see the activity of leaf plucking which is a wonderful experience in itself.
2. Nilgiri Hills – The Blue Mountains
This region is famous for the Nilgiri tea which is dark, aromatic and flavoured and is grown in the southern portion of Western Ghats. Tea plantations in Nilgiri operate their own factories where all the processing is done. After processing, most of the tea here is sold in auctions in cities like Coimbatore, Coonoor, and Kochi. The hilly landscape of Nilgiri is suitable for tea plantation all around the year. Some popular tea estates here are Tiger hill, Corsely, Pascoes Woodlands, Parkside, etc. These are pleasant destinations for vacationers too.
3. Assam – The Empire in the North East
In the eastern part of the country, Assam is a major producer of tea. The quality and beauty of tea plantations of Assam distinguish it from others in a magnificent way. The region produces more than 400 million kilograms of tea annually. A nature walk around the plantations of Assam with freshly brewed black tea adds up to the pleasure. The state is also famous for Assam Tea Festival which is held in the month of November.
4. Munnar – Heaven of Peace
This breathtakingly beautiful place resides in Kerala at an altitude of 6000 ft. This amazing destination has all including rich flora and fauna, huge variety of spices, lush green forests and a lot more. This place has India’s first Tea Museum at Nallathanni Estate which gives a fascinating look of history of tea plantations in India. The tourist season here is from August – May.
5. Wayanad – The Spicy District
This place is a lush mountainous area of tea plantations in Kerala. It also produces coffee and spices except tea. Most of the tea plantations here are located in Vythiti and Meppaddi. The best time to visit is post monsoon period. There are a large number of resorts and home stays to make the travel tour around these plantations more spectacular. They offer a huge natural landscape and are truly give a sense of God’s Own Country.
When talking about India, the sun here rises with a cup of tea and sets with it too. Tea is believed to be a magic potion which can add life to fatigued bodies. Hospitalizing a guest is incomplete in this country without serving tea. The vast stretches of tea plantations are an excellent place to relax, rejoice and enjoy freshly made tea in the green lap.
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The author Rohit is always keen to travel to the natural landscapes and bring to you the most exciting ones to travel with your family. You can connect to him through his blog TransIndiaTravels.com